For every blog interview, we ask the designer, stylist or blogger what their home means to them personally. Designer Zoe Hewett couldn’t have given a more insightful answer – ‘home is the backdrop for life’s whirlwinds of highs, lows and in-betweens. It safeguards us both physically and emotionally’. We’ve always been fascinated by the emotional connection we have to our own spaces here at Layer and we couldn’t have put it better ourselves.
Here, Zoe shares the stories behind her colourful, eclectic and charming design style and why she loves to blend different eras and styles in her spaces. Above all, Zoe believes wholeheartedly that you should forget trends and buy with your heart when it comes to design…
Is there a signature Zoe Hewett Interiors look? If so, how would you describe it?
I like to think of myself as a sort of style chameleon really, because of my background in set design which was so varied – a swish hotel or office one minute and a cottage or fantasy world the next – where you’re always creating someone else’s world. It is the same now with my clients. I like to design to their taste rather than stamping mine all over the job. I’m a total magpie for different eras and styles too but in reality there is probably a certain Zoë flavour to everything I do. If I had to pin it down, I would say colourful, bold and perhaps a little bohemian.
In terms of furniture, what design classics standout for you?
One of my favourites is the BFK leather Butterfly chair. I’m quite a Brazilophile, the music and culture, so its no surprise that I’m so drawn to this one as the fluid curves and laid back style are quintessentially Brazilian. Its simple, airy construction and honest materials also appeal.
What would be your top interior design tip for our readers?
Absolutely to ignore trends and invest in what you love rather than what you think you should buy. People are so afraid of making style ‘mistakes’ at home instead of simply choosing what they really like and will enjoy for many years.
What does home mean to you?
The backdrop for life’s whirlwind of highs, lows, and inbetweens. Every home has a lot of heavy lifting to do, supporting all the different functions required of it, as well as safeguarding us both physically and emotionally.
What are your three most treasured pieces?
A 1950s Japanese print of a mother and daughter wearing blue floral kimonos, that I bought from an antique store when I was working in Seville. It was a whole month’s rent at the time so I couldn’t really afford it but I just fell in love and gazed at it through the shop window every day for a week before eventually caving in.
Family friends gave me their vintage rotating globe bar when I protested that they could not possibly part with it during a clearout. It has been the focal point of many parties since and I love its slightly ridiculous James Bond vibe.
My third treasure is a mid century Italian Guzzini ‘mushroom’ dome table light that gives off a lovely soft glow against our dark living room walls and adds much needed curves.
A perfect Sunday is…
A walk in the woods or countryside, a roast dinner, listening to some weird jazz, and good compnay.
If you could choose one piece from Layer, what would it be and where would it live?
The brass bullrush lamp is so unusual and sculptural. I would love to put in it my bedroom. It is yet to be decorated, but the plan is for a palette of stones, ochres and black, with lots of texture, so the brass would really pop against that.
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